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Congress Passes Economic Stimulus Bill Without Medicaid Boost

By the end of this week, Congress was able to reach a compromise between the House and the Senate and pass a final economic stimulus measure. This measure (H.R. 5140), which is now headed to President Bush, who is expected to sign it into law, unfortunately does not contain increased Medicaid payments to states, which BIAA had strongly supported.

A second economic stimulus package could possibly emerge in the next few weeks and months, and BIAA will continue to support increasing federal Medicaid reimbursement rates to states in order to prevent states from being forced to cut back their Medicaid programs.


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